Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in…because he never lost sight of where he was headed – Hebrews 12:2 MSG.
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God,” Hebrews 12:2 MSG. As Christians we are created and equipped to go through tough times and to overcome them. That is why the Word says we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Let’s think about it, how do we become conquerors if we have not gone through tough times? These tough times come to sharpen us, bring us closer to God, and equip us for greatness, but most of all they come so that God maybe be glorified in and through us. When we look at the life of Jesus, “He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.” It was necessary for Him to go through these things so that we could have eternal life and most importantly to witness to others about what God can do for them.
Imagine if Jesus had decided that He would no longer go ahead with being crucified, where would we be? Jesus is our perfect example. When the world stood against Him, He drew His strength from knowing the purpose of what He was going through. Our purpose here on earth is to be witnesses of this life that Jesus lived and how He overcame every challenge. Through us people can be saved, but we have to be determined to stay on this road and not quit. We overcome trials by trusting and confessing our confidence in God. When we go through tough circumstances it is not the time for us to run away, but to face them head on because we know the purpose and the ultimate prize. God has a plan for every one of us. We just have to believe in Him. Our running away yields defeat, but we are not cowards. God has given us the grace to go through whatever we face and come out victorious. After all we are victorious before we are in the fire.
Knowing that we have rewards that are waiting for us in heaven should be more encouragement for us to hold on. Every successful child of God in ministry endures trials to be where they are. True Christianity is not for the fainthearted, it is for those who are courageous to stay and allow God to do with them as He wills. These are those who draw their strength from Jesus, knowing that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them (Philippians 4:13). David drew his strength from God and his confidence was in God. He knew that God would never desert him. He endured a lot of things before he became king, such as running away from his predecessor who hated him without cause. Beloved, it is critical to note that trials exist to increase our faith. Our duty is to stay the course. We know that our end is greater than our beginning (Job 8:7).
We overcome trials by trusting and confessing our confidence in God